USDA-NRCS in Georgia Announces Signup for Conservation Easements

Dan Conservation, Environment, Georgia, USDA-NRCS


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia has announced  sign-up is underway for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) for fiscal year 2023. To be considered for the upcoming fiscal year’s funding pool, applications must be submitted by October 7, 2022.

The ACEP, created through the 2014 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, is a program that has two components, known as Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE).

“ACEP aids landowners and eligible entities with conserving, restoring and protecting wetlands, productive agricultural lands and grasslands,” said Georgia State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph. “NRCS conservation easements have a tremendous footprint in the U.S. at over 5 million acres, or 58,000 square miles enrolled. As the largest easement holder and steward in the nation, we hope anyone who has interest in ACEP, will reach out to us to see if it’s right for you.”


ACEP-WRE applications are accepted directly from producers on eligible lands. These easements will restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat. Eligible lands include farmed, prior converted or forested wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

Applications for the ACEP-ALE are accepted from eligible entities only. These eligible entities may submit proposals to NRCS to acquire a conservation easement on eligible agricultural land. NRCS does not accept applications for ACEP-ALE directly from producers. Producers will need to work with an eligible entity to pursue funding for an ACEP-ALE conservation easement.

Conservation program applications are available at your local USDA Service Center and on the Georgia NRCS Programs web page.